Audrey Johnson, Spa Therapist at Steiner

Q. What attracted you to the spa industry?

The opportunity to help nurture and improve the most phenomenal and powerful machine ever created... the human body. Knowing how the body works and the effects of looking after it, being healthy, looking good is what gives us humans the energy and drive to be successful and happy be with with our bodies, our relationships or in our careers.

Q. How did you get to this point in your career?

Started as a very excited Fitness Director almost 3 years ago just being excited about seeing the world doing what I love. The amount of knowledge I obtained through training with the company and seeing how that changes people's lives and worlds has been so rewarding. I kept coming back for more and more. I decided to step it up a level going into management sharing my passion with the actual therapist and by giving them the same nurturing and respect, we could reach so many more people.

Q. How important do you consider training to be?

It is essential if you are looking to be successful in your field you constantly need to be highering your standards. The only way to do that, is to be consistent with training your body and your mind to be the best you can because really you need to practice what you preach. Knowledge really does give you the power. The training also gives you that time to really focus on your new challenge and to prepare yourself in the best way to be ready for another fantastic experience.

Q. What are the advantages of working in the wellness industry?

The rewards , not only financially but emotionally to see what power you own as a therapist to change and help shape peoples lives, to see their satisfaction with what you have done for them and the physical and emotional impact that made in their lives and the excitement they walk away with be it starting to eliminate a body or beauty concern they have been struggling with or just starting living better looking after themselves in the way they deserve to.

Q. What are the disadvantages?

Not being able to brake through to some people, due to them not seeing the importance of the health of their bodies and not taking what we do and prescribe seriously.

Q. What ambitions do you have?

To grow as much and learn as much in my lifetime as possible. To actually live. Not being afraid of new challenges and obstacles life puts in my way, "don't roll with the punches, punch back". And keep doing and working in the field I absolutely love and to be successful at it.

Q. What's the funniest/most embarassing thing that has happened to you?

There has been too many. I'm always getting myself into sticky situations.

Q. What advice would you give for people wanting to work within the spa industry?

Join this industry with the right intentions, to help improve people's lives and be sincere about it. Be ready to work hard and to be challenged in all aspects of your practice. Not an easy ride it is hard work.

Q. In your opinion, what type of person works best within the industry?

Someone who is motivated, who is a hard worker and ready to learn and grow. You need to be success driven and proud of your profession

Q. How do you think the spa industry can progress? Where do you think its strengths lie?

All Spa operators should be united with the focus on health and beauty as a life time commitment, getting rid of all the quick fix gimicks which make people hesitant after a while to do anything for themselves because none of that ever gives results. The strengths of the Industry is that it is one of the only industries in the world that is still very hands on, people relying on each other not yet been taken over by computers and technology, people taking care of people. It is also the second fastest, and most profitable growing industry in the world next to Microsoft.

Q. Who do you admire and why?

There is not really one person that I admire. I admire people in general I have met or I have heard about that are living the lives they built themselves regardless of what obstacles were put in their way or start they were given in life and that are not bitter about their lives and what they had to do to get to where they are today. The person who always has a solution not a problem. I learn from them, it gives me strength and makes me appreciate my life. I believe the more you appreciate life the more successful in life you are.

Q. Where do you see yourself in five years time?

I see myself being happy. Living in England. Still working in the industry, still with this company motivating others and being very successful with it.


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